We had a bit of rain and wind during the first few days of our Camino. Once we dropped down into Roncesvalles, the weather improved. However, I wasn’t able to shake the cold I caught on the first day’s hike in the rain. Luckily, there was a pharmacy in Zubiri and I was able to get some help. The pharmacists in most European cities are very well trained and give great advice. Even in this very small town, the person who helped me spoke English.
After a 13.5 mile walk, we stopped in Larrasoaña for the night. Although our albergo was adequate, I would not recommend spending the night here. There were no stores or real restaurants in town. The one spot to eat had just a few choices and was quite busy. Luckily for us, the friendly owner did a great job handling a crowd and the food was fine.
On this more popular Camino route, there were many resources to make our walk easier. Sometimes in the middle of nowhere, there was a stand where someone was selling fresh fruit juices and snacks. There were even a few spots where water and snacks were offered for free, with a donation suggested. If you needed a lift, it wasn’t hard to find someone to call you a taxi. There are also several inexpensive ways to have your pack taken to the next stop on your itinerary. There were always advertisements in the hotels and hostels—or check the many online sites such as Caminofácil or Follow the Camino if planning ahead.
After three full days of walking, my cold wasn’t getting any better, so I decided to get a ride into Pamplona for a bit more resting time. The owner of Pension Mendi was very kind and let me in early so I could catch an extra nap. I only asked to drop my luggage, but she saw right away that I could use some rest. This was typical of the hospitality we received in Northern Spain during our trek.
Bob walked on his own for that fourth day, but there were always other Peregrinos to walk with for company. And he had plenty of great scenery to enjoy.